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Wilkinson happy he made switch to Bolton


Bolton Wanderers manager Neil Lennon

Bolton Wanderers manager Neil Lennon

Bolton Wanderers manager Neil Lennon

IRELAND U21 cap Conor Wilkinson says he has big ambitions, and a point to prove, at Bolton this season having made the decision to quit Millwall.

The striker, who made his Irish U21 debut against Qatar in May and has won three U21 caps, began his senior career with Millwall but last season he made the move from the Lions to Millwall.

He was sent out on loan to Oldham earlier this season but he has found his feet under new Bolton boss Neil Lennon and he feels he made the right move in quitting Millwall for Bolton.

"Physically, I was going to get better here and, mentally, I'll learn a lot more from the players here. It was a big step up - this is really a Premiership club," says Wilkinson, who was born in London but qualifies for Ireland through the parentage rule.

He knows he could be in for some stick when he travels back to London and the New Den to face Millwall in the Championship on Saturday but he says he's ready.

"I need to be mentally focused for it, as best I can. The fans there are reckless. If they come for you, they'll come for you."I hope I'll be okay. My family will be there and they'll help carry me through it. I need to show Millwall why I left - bigger and better things."


Boss Lennon is impressed by the striker. "Young Wilkinson is a player who caught the eye. That's what I want, I want these kids to start knocking on the door," says Lennon.